I hope everyone is doing ok.
I have an update about my two brain lesions. I am having Stereotactic
Radiosurgery for the Meningioma on 10/13. It is behind my optical nerves.
The risk of not having the surgery is the possibility of going blind.
Having the surgery, there is some risk of future tumors due to the high
dose of radiation used for radiosurgery. The procedure involves going to
the hospital early in the morning, having an MRI, having a halo screwed to
the head, having a CT and then the long wait while they calculate where
the tumor is and radiosurgery treatment. In the afternoon somewhere
around 3-4:30pm they come and get me and take me for the treatment. If
all goes well I can go home that night from the hospital. I have off
Wednesday-Friday on the calendar at work for this.
We will revisit the colloid cyst in 6 months. I did find out that it will
be a bigger deal for this craniotomy than it was in 2001 because this time
we want to make sure we get the whole thing. In 2001, the surgeon left
the shell of the cyst because it was wrapped around a vein. This time, we
want to take the shell to which will most likely result in sacrificing the
vein it is attached to so that will involve a vascular team as well to
rebuild a new vein. This surgery of course will require me to lose at
least a few months of work. Right now nobody believes that this is going
to happen and so work is avoiding the issue, but they will find out that I
do not lie or exaggerate the truth. They are in for a rude awakening.
So, I feel good and bad about all this. At least, hopefully soon, the
meningioma will be taken care of. Scared but at least one will be "out of
the way". Not looking forward to the craniotomy at all.
I may have told you guys all this before, my memory is not great. If this
is a repeat of information I already sent, I apologize.
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